Ireland's Premier Heritage Towns - Attractions and Travel Organisers Reference Manual

Ireland's Premier Heritage Towns - Attractions and Travel Organisers Reference Manual
2020 / 2021

Ireland’s Premier
Attractions and
Heritage Towns
Travel Organisers

                    Profiles, insights and
                           contacts for 78
                     of Ireland’s premier
                       visitor attractions
Ireland's Premier Heritage Towns - Attractions and Travel Organisers Reference Manual
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Ireland's Premier Heritage Towns - Attractions and Travel Organisers Reference Manual
Heritage Island is dedicated to the                               Important Tip: Heritage Island works closely with group
                                                                  organisers worldwide to help ensure their groups really
promotion of Ireland’s Premier                                    enjoy Ireland. Do visit our website at for
                                                                  information and updates, and check our Travel Trade section
Attractions and Heritage Towns.                                   (top right of the homepage). You will find the latest news,
Heritage Island represents wonderful attractions and towns        information on events, tour suggestions and the many ways
that are as diverse as Ireland itself. They tell the story of     in which we can support you.
kings and invaders, famine and emigration, priests and
poets, encompassing the social, political and industrial          Finally, on behalf of all our members, we wish you
heritage that has shaped not only the Ireland of today but        soaring success during 2020/2021 and we look forward
also influenced Europe and the wider world.                       to welcoming more of your groups & Free Independent
                                                                  Travellers (FITs) to Ireland.
Each of our featured member attractions and towns,
throughout the Island of Ireland, can offer a very special
experience for visiting groups. The choice of which to visit is
yours. Whether you are a tour operator, an event planner, a
teacher organising a school trip, or a special interest group,
we hope this definitive reference manual helps to guide you
to the places to best meet your group needs and to ensure
they have an amazing Ireland experience.

Each attraction and town profile in our guide is presented
in an easy-to-read format and includes critical information
such as location, opening times, facilities, average length of
visit, key contacts and normal admission prices, where they

All attractions and heritage towns welcome group
enquiries. Most can accommodate groups within their
normal day. Many welcome and can accommodate
conferences, meetings, educational tours and incentive
groups. Some are prepared to open exclusively or specifically
for groups outside of their normal hours. Use this manual
as your guide and then make contact with the attractions          Advice and Disclaimer: The information contained in this guide has been supplied by the individual
                                                                  properties or compiled from information provided by them. All information is, to the best of our
of interest. They will be pleased to hear from you, and           knowledge, correct in January 2020. However, changes to dates, opening hours, admission rates, facilities
                                                                  and services can occur. It is therefore always recommended that you check details directly with the
tell them Heritage Island sent you!                               attraction or location. Opening times and dates may be significantly altered during the Christmas and
                                                                  New Year holiday seasons. Many attractions operate a Last Admission time in advance of their official
                                                                  closing time—often up to one hour in advance. If this may affect your travel plans, please check with the
                                                                  attraction directly.
Please note that all attractions offer group admission
prices. As rates can vary, depending on such things as            While every care has been taken in the collation of this guide, Heritage Island cannot accept responsibility
                                                                  for any errors, omissions or incorrect information, but when brought to our attention we will make
group size, and the time of year you are visiting, we feature     changes in future editions.

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We recommend that you contact the attraction or town
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Ireland's Premier Heritage Towns - Attractions and Travel Organisers Reference Manual
Premier Attractions
and Heritage Towns
1 Aillwee Cave
l                                 23
                                  l Dunbrody Famine Ship               42
                                                                       l Kilmallock Heritage Town           63
                                                                                                            l Powerscourt Waterfall
  Tel: +353 (0)65 707 7036           Experience                           Tel: +353 (0)63 91300                 Tel: +353 (0)1 204 6000
2 Airfield Estate
l                                    Tel: +353 (0)51 425 239           43
                                                                       l Kylemore Abbey &                   64
                                                                                                            l Richmond Barracks
  Tel: +353 (0)1 969 6666         24
                                  l Eagles Flying                         Victorian Walled Garden               Tel: +353 (0)1 222 8400
3 Antrim Castle Gardens
l                                    Tel: +353 (0)71 918 9310             Tel: +353 (0)95 52001             65
                                                                                                            l Russborough House
  Tel: +44 (0)28 9448 1338        25
                                  l Enniskillen Castle                 44
                                                                       l Legend of                             & Parklands
4 Armagh City
l                                    and Heritage Town                    The Claddagh Ring                     Tel: +353 (0)45 865 239
  Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 1800           Tel: +44 (0)28 6632 5000             Tel: +353 (0)91 562 554           66
                                                                                                            l Science Gallery
5 Athlone Castle
l                                 26
                                  l EPIC The Irish                     45
                                                                       l Lismore Heritage Town                  +353 (0)1 896 4079
   Visitor Centre                    Emigration Museum                    and Heritage Centre               67
                                                                                                            l Shannon Ferries
   Tel: +353 (0)90 644 2130          Tel: +353 (0)1 906 0861              Tel: +353 (0)58 54975                 Tel: +353 (0)65 905 3124
6 Belleek Pottery
l                                 27
                                  l Foynes Flying Boat                 46
                                                                       l Lough Derg                         68
                                                                                                            l Skibbereen:
   Visitor Centre                    & Maritime Museum                 47
                                                                       l Lough Gur Heritage Centre             The Famine Story
   Tel: +44 (0)28 6865 9300          Tel: +353 (0)69 65416                & Lakeshore Parklands                 Tel: +353 (0)28 40900
7 Belvedere House,
l                                 28
                                  l Foynes Heritage Town                  Tel: +353 (0)61 385 186           69
                                                                                                            l Smithwick’s Experience
   Gardens & Park                    Tel: +353 (0)69 65416             48
                                                                       l Lough Key Forest                      Kilkenny
   Tel: +353 (0)44 933 8960       29
                                  l GAA Museum & Croke Park               & Activity Park                       Tel: +353 (0)56 778 6377
8 Birr Castle Gardens
l                                    Stadium and Skyline Tours            Tel: +353 (0)71 967 3122          70
                                                                                                            l Spike Island
   and Science Centre                Tel: +353 (0)1 819 2323           49
                                                                       l Medieval Mile Museum                  Tel: +353 (0)21 237 3455
   Tel: +353 (0)57 912 0336       30
                                  l Galway City Museum —                  Tel: +353 (0)56 781 7022          71
                                                                                                            l Titanic Belfast
9 Blarney Castle & Gardens
l                                    Músaem Cathrach Na                50
                                                                       l Medieval Quarter                       Tel: +44 (0)28 9076 63992
  Tel: +353 (0)21 438 5252           Gaillimhe                            Limerick City
                                     Tel: +353 (0)91 532 460                                                72
                                                                                                            l Trinity College Dublin
l Boyne Valley                                                            Tel: +353 (0)61 317 522               Tel: +353 (0)1 896 2320
   Tel: +353 (0)46 909 7060       31
                                  l Giant’s Causeway                   51
                                                                       l Mid & East Antrim
                                     Visitor Experience                                                     73
                                                                                                            l Tullamore D.E.W.
l The Burren Centre & The                                                 Shaped by Sea & Stone                Visitor Centre
                                     Tel: +44 (0)28 2073 1855             Tel: +44 (0)28 2563 5010
   Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour                                                                                 Tel: +353 (0)57 932 5015
   Tel: +353 (0)65 708 8030       32
                                  l Glasnevin Cemetery                 52
                                                                       l Mizen Head Signal Station
                                     Museum                                                                 74
                                                                                                            l Ulster American Folk Park
l Burren Nature Sanctuary                                                 Tel: +353 (0)28 35000/35115           Tel: +44 (0)28 8224 3292
                                     Tel: +353 (0)1 882 6550
   Tel: +353 (0)91 637 444                                             53
                                                                       l Mount Congreve Gardens             75
                                                                                                            l Ulster Folk Museum
                                  l Great Lighthouses                     Tel: +353 (0)51 384 115/384 511
l Carrickmacross                     of Ireland                                                                 Tel: +44 (0)28 9042 8428
   Heritage Town                     Tel: +353 (0)86 838 5269          54
                                                                       l Mount Stewart                      76
                                                                                                            l Ulster Museum
   Tel: +353 (0)42 966 4176                                               Tel: +44 (0)28 4278 8387              Tel: +44 (0)28 9044 0000
                                  l Guinness Storehouse
l Chester Beatty                     Tel: +353 (0)1 408 4800           55
                                                                       l National Gallery of Ireland        77
                                                                                                            l Ulster Transport Museum
   Tel: +353 (0)1 407 0750                                                Tel: + 353 (0)1 661 5133              Tel: +44 (0)28 9042 8428
                                  l Hillsborough Castle
l Christ Church Cathedral            and Gardens                       56
                                                                       l National Library of Ireland        78
                                                                                                            l Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
   Tel: +353 (0)1 677 8099           Tel: +44 (0) 33 3320 6000            Tel: +353 (0)1 603 0200               Tel: +353 (0)404 61599
l Clare Museum                    36
                                  l Hook Lighthouse                    57
                                                                       l Navan Centre & Fort—
   Tel: +353 (0)65 682 3382          Tel: +353 (0)51 397 054/397 055      Emain Macha
l Clonakilty Distillery Visitor                                           Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 9644
                                  l House of Waterford Crystal
   Experience & Gin School           Tel: +353 (0)51 317 000           58
                                                                       l New Ross Heritage Town
   Tel: +353 (0)23 887 8020                                               Tel: +353 (0)51 421 284
                                  l Irish National Stud
l Clones Heritage Town               & Gardens                         59
                                                                       l The Newbridge Silverware
   Tel: +353 (0)47 52125             Tel: +353 (0)45 521 617              Visitor Centre
l Cobh Heritage Centre                                                    Tel: +353 (0)45 431 301
                                  l Irish Whiskey Museum
   Tel: +353 (0)21 481 3591          Tel: +353 (0)1 525 0970           60
                                                                       l Pearse Lyons Distillery
l Doolin Cave                                                             Tel: +353 (0)1 691 6000
                                  l The Jameson Distillery,
   Tel: +353 (0)65 707 5761          Midleton                          61
                                                                       l The Powerscourt Distillery
l Dublin City Hall                   Tel: +353 (0)21 461 3594             Tel: +353 (0)1 506 5656
   Tel: +353 (0)1 222 2204        41
                                  l The Kennedy Homestead              62
                                                                       l Powerscourt House
l Dublinia                           & Emigrant Trail                     & Gardens
   Tel: +353 (0)1 679 4611           Tel: +353 (0)51 388 264              Tel: +353 (0)1 204 6000
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                                                                                                                                                                                 Enniskillen         Armagh                                                     A27         Banbridge             A24 A25
                                                                                                                           SLIGO                       N16                      25         Monaghan       57                                              A28                      A50
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                                                                                                                                                                                              A34                                                                                   A25
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                                                                            Ballina                                                                                           N87                                                                      A29
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                                                                                                                                 46          N52                         Roscrea              M7
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                                 Milltown Malbay                           Ennis                                                            Nenagh                                                                    N78         Carlow
                                                                                                  Quin                                       M7                    N62
                                                                             16                                 Killaloe Ballina                                                                    N77
                                                                                                                                                                       Templemore                                                        Tullow                                         Arklow
                                                                  N68                             Bunratty                                                                          M8                                                                                        M11
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                            AILLWEE CAVE                                                                        AIRFIELD ESTATE
                       And Birds of Prey Centre

This is a very special place in the heart of the Burren. Let the knowledgeable         Airfield Estate is Dublin’s only 38-acre working farm & visitor attraction.
guides at Aillwee welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this unique                Established in 1974 as a charitable organisation by Letitia & Naomi Overend for
landscape. Your tour consists of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful             recreational and education purposes –the mission at Airfield Estate is to inspire
caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the                 and enable people to make better food choices.
thunderous waterfall, which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor.          Located in the village of Dundrum, it offers many experiences including: An
Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long        interactive exhibition & tours of the Overend family home; Ornamental Gardens
extinct brown bears.                                                                   - whereby the Walled Garden & Greenhouse reflect the Overend’s family passion
Visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to one of the largest and most varied             for plants; The interactive display garage provides you with access to the Overend’s
collection of Birds of Prey in Ireland – Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures.   family cars include Letitia’s 1927 Rolls Royce; The Farmyard - where the famous
The expert bird handlers are always available to help you understand these             Jersey cows are milked and the eggs are collected daily; The Kitchen Gardens -
amazing Raptors and let you know about all the conservation programmes that            where much of the fresh food is produced that goes directly into the field to fork
are ongoing both nationally and internationally. Audio guides and information          restaurant; Woodland Walks with over 2,000 native trees, providing important
boards also give detailed information on all the residents. Daily flying displays      wildlife corridors and improving the habitats of Airfield’s bird & insect populations;
provide a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful species in dramatic          The Grey Barn special indoor/outdoor play space for 0-4 year old children; Overends
free flight set against the Burren landscape. The Burren is also the birthplace of     Kitchen - the perfect place to enjoy the taste of Airfield on a plate.
the Farmhouse Cheese `Burren Gold@ Aillwee’, winner of numerous Gold and               Airfield offers a place where you can reflect, be replenished & celebrate the
Silver Medals at various national and international cheese fairs, and available in     connection between people & nature through the farm, gardens and natural
The Farmshop at Aillwee Cave. You may even be lucky enough to see the cheese           environment. Tours can be organised with specialised guides or all experiences
maker at work.                                                                         can be self-guided. Also offering option for bespoke tours & private dining.
               Address Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, H91 AX26                                              Address Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin 14, D14 EE77
                Email                                                               Email
                Phone +353 (0)65 707 7036                                                              Phone +353 (0)1 969 6666
              Website                                                              Website
               Sat Nav 53.0918, -9.1503                                                               Sat Nav 53.2879, -6.2351
             Location 35 km from Ennis; 47 km from Galway                                            Location 10 km from Dublin City
                 Open Open year round: Daily: Mar-Jun, Sept, Oct 10.00-17.30;                           Open Open year round. Visit website for seasonal opening hours.
                      Jul & Aug 10.00-18.30. Check website for other dates.                                    Last admission: 1 hour before closing.
                      Closed Dec 24-26, Jan 1.
                                                                                         Average Visit Length 1 hour to 3 hours
  Average Visit Length 3 hours
                                                                                               Entrance Fees Adult €12; Senior/Student €9; Child €6.50; Child (U3) Free
        Entrance Fees Joint Tickets: Adult €22; Senior/Student €17; Child €12;                    (standard)
           (standard) Family (2A+2C) €52; ‘Cave Only’ tickets available.
                                                                                                 Group Rates For 10+
          Group Rates For 15+
                                                                                         Special Opening for Yes. Subject to time of year.
  Special Opening for Yes                                                                           Groups?
                                                                                         Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 50.
  Guided Group Tours All tours are guided. Min 10, Max 35 for cave tour. Larger
                     numbers for Birds of Prey flying display. Tours are in              Self-Guided Groups Yes. English brochures.
                     English.                                                                    Conference/ Multifunctional meeting rooms (50-3,000 capacity).
Incentive Programme Yes. Hawk Walks.                                                               Meetings Various private event spaces including a rustic barn.

   Performance Venue Small theatre in cave, maximum capacity 50.                       Incentive Programme Yes. Tailor-made food/field/farm/garden events

    School/Education Yes. A Discover Primary Science Resource Centre                       School/Education Yes
         Programme                                                                              Programme

               Dining Café and tea rooms serving hot and cold lunches and an                          Dining Restaurant and Coffee Shop. Estate sourced farm to fork
                      extensive range of snacks. Wine licence.                                               dining experiences. Restaurant seats 120, coffee shop 30.

             Shopping Two gift shops with extensive range of gifts and crafts.                      Shopping Garden Centre selling gifts, garden items and plants.
                      Farmshop selling homemade cheese, fudge and local and                                    Airfield market, selling estate products.
                      national foods.                                                            Car Parking Free on-site.
          Car Parking Free on-site.                                                            Coach Parking Free on-site. 4 spaces. Drop off and pick up point.
       Coach Parking Free on-site. 15 spaces. Drop off and pick up point.                Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee and scone.
  Special Facilities for Refreshment voucher. Coach-washing and clean-out area              Coaches/Drivers
     Coaches/Drivers with refuse point.                                                     Disability Access Yes. Fully wheelchair accessible.
     Disability Access Cave is partially wheelchair accessible, booking in advance            Group Booking
                       necessary. Birds of Prey Centre and all shops and toilets are                Contact
                       fully accessible.
       Group Booking Tracy Lynch, E:
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              ANTRIM CASTLE GARDENS                                                                              ARMAGH CITY

Antrim Castle Gardens is one of only two genuine late 17th century Anglo-Dutch        Armagh – a city that has a unique sense of place in Ireland with a significance
water gardens to survive in Ireland with their main original features still intact.   and influence felt across the island for 6,500 years.
It was laid out around Antrim Castle in the late 17th and early 18th century          Armagh is at the heart of celebrating the life of Saint Patrick and on the new
with further additions in the mid 19th century. The gardens also incorporated         Saint Patrick’s Way: The Pilgrim’ s Walk, a journey of some 82 miles connecting
an ancient Norman Motte and a number of significant buildings, including a            locations of spiritual significance to the saint.
Barbican Gate Lodge, an Italianate Tower standing as the only remains of the
                                                                                      There are many special things to experience in Armagh ranging from the
Castle, and Clotworthy House, a coach yard and stable block in a Dutch style built
                                                                                      historically unique Navan Fort, two Saint Patrick’s Cathedrals, Ireland’s only
in the 1840s.
                                                                                      Planetarium, Irish Fusiliers Museum, Armagh County Museum, No.5 Vicar’s Hill,
Water played a major part in the Gardens with the Long Canals, Round Pond,            the Cardinal O’Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive, the Milford House Collection,
and Yew Tree Pond set in a Wilderness of trees through which paths and avenues        Armagh Robinson Library, unmatched Georgian architecture, the green space of
were made. The Large Parterre, originally a 17th century herb garden, was             the Mall.
grassed over in the mid 19th century and recreated in 1991 during the first
                                                                                      Key events in Armagh throughout the year include; Home of Saint Patrick’s
phase of the garden restoration programme. In 2010 the Gardens underwent a
                                                                                      Festival (March), Armagh Food and Cider Festival (September) and Armagh
major restoration scheme which included such new visitor facilities as a Coffee
                                                                                      Georgian Festival (November).
Shop, Gift Shop, exhibition spaces, and workshop and conference rooms set
within Clotworthy House visitor complex.

              Address Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House,                                  Location 40 miles from Belfast, 85 miles from Dublin.
                      Randalstown Road, Antrim, BT41 4LH                                            Sat Nav 54.3493, -6.6545
                Email                       Visitor Centre Armagh Visitor Information Centre, 40 English Street,
                Phone +44 (0)28 9448 1338                                                                    Armagh, BT61 7BA.
              Website                                          Tel +44 (0)28 3752 1800
              Sat Nav 54.7180, -6.2263                                                                Email
             Location 4 km from M2 (main route from Belfast to Causeway                             Website
                      Coast and Londonderry); 1.3 km from Antrim Bus and Rail            Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Armagh County Museum; Armagh
                      Centre; 8 km from Belfast International Airport; 32 km                                 Observatory & Planetarium; Armagh Robinson Library;
                      from Belfast city centre.                                                              Cardinal Tomas O’Fiaich Library & Archive; Navan Centre &
                Open Open year round. Mon-Wed & Fri: 9.00-17.00; Tues &                                      Fort; No 5 Vicar’s Hill; Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum; Saint
                     Thurs: 9.00– 21.30; Sat & Sun: 10.00–17.00. Closed July 12,                             Patrick’s Cathedral (Catholic); Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
                     Dec 25, 26, Jan 1                                                                       (Church of Ireland); The Mall; The Market Place Theatre & Arts
  Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours                                                                    Centre and The Palace Demesne, Milford House Collection.
        Entrance Fees Free admission                                                           Guided Tours Tours of Armagh City take place during the summer
           (standard)                                                                                       months. Contact the Armagh Visitor Information Centre for
                                                                                                            details outside of this time.
          Group Rates Admission is free
                                                                                                   Activities Cultural activities including museums, exhibitions. City
  Special Opening for Yes
                                                                                                              Centre walks focusing on culture, heritage, architecture and
                                                                                                              food. Saint Patrick’s Way: the Pilgrim’s Walk: Connecting
  Guided Group Tours Guided Group Tours available, pre-booking required.                                      sites of importance relating to the celebration of his life and
Incentive Programme No                                                                                        heritage. Family friendly activites at attractions.
  Performance Venue Yes. Indoor max 60 and outdoor max 10,000.                          Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: Home of Saint Patrick’s Festival (March); 7
                                                                                                             Hills Blues Festival (August), Armagh Food & Cider Festival
    School/Education Yes. Biodiversity activities linked to curriculum available
                                                                                                             (September) and Armagh Georgian Festival (November).
         Programme through Park Rangers.
                                                                                                     Dining There is a wide range of opportunities for eating local and
               Dining Garden Coffee Shop. Open Mon – Sun: 9.00-17.00. Can
                                                                                                            artisan produce across Armagh. From cafés to restaurants
                      cater for groups up to 52, pre-booking required.
                                                                                                            and with a focus on serving the best of local food.
             Shopping Garden Gift Shop. Open Mon – Sun: 9.00-17.00.                                         Visit for more ideas.
          Car Parking Free on-site.                                                                Shopping Armagh has a strong presence of independent retailers and
       Coach Parking Free on-site.                                                                          the visitor will find many quirky and unusual gifts. A weekly
  Special Facilities for No                                                                                 market takes place in Shambles Yard.
     Coaches/Drivers                                                                            Car Parking Free and pay parking throughout the town.
     Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible.                                          Coach Parking Available at the Palace Demesne. A coach driver’s scheme
       Group Booking E:                                  provides food vouchers, parking and coach washing
             Contact                                                                                       facilities. Contact the Visitor Centre for information.
                                                                                           Heritage /Visitor Armagh Visitor Information Centre, 40 English Street,
                                                                                                     Centre Armagh, BT61 7BA. Open year round; Monday - Saturday.
                                                                                        Tourist Information Armagh Visitor Information Centre. As above.
                                                                                                            Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 1800
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                        ATHLONE CASTLE                                                                         BELLEEK POTTERY
                        VISITOR CENTRE                                                                          VISITOR CENTRE

Situated on the banks of the majestic River Shannon in the heart of Ireland,           Visit Ireland’s oldest working Pottery, over 160 years in business. A visit to Belleek
Athlone Castle was first built to defend a coveted crossing point and evolved into     Pottery Visitor Centre is the perfect way to spend a day out and a must on any
a bold defensive structure over the centuries. Visitors to Athlone Castle Visitor      itinerary. Famously known for being the oldest working pottery in Ireland, this
Centre will discover a story of settlement, defence and survival from as early         4 star attraction offers a fascinating insight into the world of Belleek and the
as the Neolithic period, to the Viking, Medieval and Norman ages, right up to          process that delivers this world-class product. Offering a series of delicate
modern life in Athlone.                                                                delights to make your visit so much more memorable.
During your visit you will uncover the vivid history of the bitter battles fought,     Begin your visit with an interactive guided tour. Guides will take you on a
territories won and lost, and hear stories of incredible bravery. Prepare to walk in   30-minute pottery tour where you will see the 16 steps of how this world famous
the steps of soldiers, Generals and Kings.                                             product is created. Amongst some of skills demonstrated, you will see moulding,
Inside the Castle delve through the mists of time as the Castle’s tumultuous past      flowering, painting and basket weaving. As the oldest working pottery in Ireland,
is revealed with a series of modern exhibitions, authentic artefacts, interactive      the heritage of Belleek is hard to ignore. In addition to the displays of exquisite
games, life-size sculptures, medieval dress up area and an intense 360º cinematic      craftsmanship, an audio visual presentation will inform you of the rich history
experience of the Great Siege of Athlone.                                              of the pottery from its beginnings in the mid 1800s to present day. The Belleek
                                                                                       Museum houses some of the finest examples of product ever produced by the
Enthusiastic guides and volunteers will be on hand to assist you with any queries
                                                                                       pottery including the International Centre Piece, a replica of the winning piece
you may have. Last admission is one hour prior to closing.
                                                                                       from the World Fair ‘Exposition Universelle’ in the late 1800s. Once you have
                                                                                       completed your tour, enjoy a little retail therapy in the Belleek Showroom and
                                                                                       complete your visit with some time-out at the Belleek Tea Room.
              Address St. Peter’s Square, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 A6D7                            Address 3 Main St., Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 3FY
                Email                                                             Email
                Phone +353 (0)90 644 2130                                                              Phone +44 (0)28 6865 9300
              Website                                                            Website
              Sat Nav 53.4231, -7.9427                                                                Sat Nav 54.4790, -8.0932
             Location Situated in Athlone Town                                                       Location 39 km from Enniskillen
                 Open Open year round. Jan-Feb & Nov-Dec Wed-Sat 10.30-17.00,                           Open Open year round, including bank holidays:
                      Sun 11.30-17.00; Mar-May & Sept-Oct Tues-Sat 10.00-17.30,                              Jan-Feb: Mon-Fri. Mar-Dec: Daily. Please contact the centre
                      Sun 11.00-17.30; Jun-Aug Mon-Sat 09.30-18.00, Sun 10.30-18.00                          for specific opening hours and tour times.
                       Check website for details.                                        Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes
                       Last admissions 1 hour prior to closing.                                Entrance Fees Adult £6; Senior/Student £4; Child Free; Family £10
  Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes                                            (standard)
        Entrance Fees Adult €9; Senior/Student €6.50; Child (U15) €4.50; Child                   Group Rates For 10+
           (standard) (U4) Free; Family (2A+2C) €23. Family (2A+4C) €28.                 Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 1, Max 25.
          Group Rates For 10+                                                                    Audio Visual 20 minute AV, for 50, in English, French, German, Italian,
  Special Opening for Yes, depending on the time of year. Scheduled guided tours                              Japanese, Chinese and Dutch.
             Groups? during summer months.                                                 School/Education Yes. Guided guided tours.
  Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 15, Max 30.                                           Programme
  Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio-guides available in English, French, German,                          Dining Self-service restaurant.
                     Spanish, Italian and Chinese (Mandarin).                                       Shopping Showroom selling a complete range of Belleek Pottery,
         Audio Visual 360° cinema of the Great Siege of Athlone, 7 minute                                    Galway Crystal and Aynsley China.
                      duration in English, seats 50.                                             Car Parking Free on-site.
  Performance Venue Castle Courtyard can be used for fairs, small events, music                Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point.
                    and recitals. Capacity (weather dependent) could be 200 pax
                                                                                         Special Facilities for Coach wash and refuse area.
    School/Education Yes. Based on Castle themes.
                                                                                            Disability Access Fully accessible.
                                                                                              Group Booking Patricia McCauley, E:
               Dining Small café serving tea/coffee and light refreshments. Seats
                      16 inside and 16 outside.
             Shopping Small retail area selling Athlone Castle merchandise
                      including handmade pottery, postcards and guidebooks.
          Car Parking Pay parking nearby.
       Coach Parking Free parking nearby. 3 spaces. Drop off at entrance.
  Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee/snack. Drivers welcome to explore visitor
     Coaches/Drivers centre.
     Disability Access Partially accessible via a ramp. The visitor centre itself is
                       wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet.
       Group Booking Fiona Naughton, E:
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                      BELVEDERE HOUSE,                                                                 BIRR CASTLE GARDENS
                       GARDENS & PARK                                                                  AND SCIENCE CENTRE

Lord Belvedere’s Hunting Lodge at Lough Ennell stands on 160 acres of                The stunning 120 acres of gardens and parklands at Birr Castle demesne are
maintained estate, punctuated with numerous follies, the largest being The           home to over 4,000 species of plants and trees, the Great Telescope dating back
Jealous Wall built to obscure his brother’s larger house at Tudenham. Belvedere      to 1845 and Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse with playground. The Science Centre
House is fully restored and is noted for its exquisite rococo ceilings and bow       takes you on a journey back in time to when Birr Castle was a hub of scientific
end design. The Victorian Walled Garden exercises all the senses with a fragrant     discovery and innovation with seven galleries, a welcome video, one of the
herb garden, old rose beds, tumbling herbaceous borders, alpines, climbers and       world’s oldest darkrooms with hologram, as well as galleries on engineering and
vegetable potager. Belvedere plays host to a range of different outdoor events,      astronomy.
including Garden Theatre,Bat Walks, Music Concerts and Dog Shows.                    The Great Telescope located in front of the castle was built in 1845 by the 3rd
Belvedere has a licensed restaurant, gift shop, fairy garden, four childrens’ play   Earl of Rosse and was the largest in the world for over 70 years. Rivers, waterfalls
areas and several picnic areas. Belvedere has a full calendar of events including    and lake can be found among the 120 acres of lush parklands as well as 10km
Halloween, Easter and Christmas events. Please check website for latest details.     of walks. Many species of plants and trees found in the demesne were sourced
                                                                                     through plant expeditions to the four corners of the globe. Celebrating 400 years
                                                                                     of the Parsons family at Birr Castle Demesne 1620 – 2020. Guided castle tours
                                                                                     take place from May to August each year. Visit for full details
                                                                                     and times, pre-booking is required.

              Address Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, N91 EF80                                           Address Birr Castle Demesne, Birr, Co. Offaly, R42 VO27
                Email                                                        Email
                Phone +353 (0)44 933 8960                                                            Phone +353 (0)57 912 0336
              Website                                                       Website
              Sat Nav 53.4772, -7.3692                                                             Sat Nav 53.0967, -7.9143
             Location 7 km from Mullingar                                                         Location Birr Town
                Open Open year round: Daily from 09.30. May-Aug until 20.00.                         Open Open year round. Closed Dec 25, 26 & Jan 1.
                     Please check website for details. Last admission 1 hour                              Please visit for seasonal opening times.
                     before closing. Closed Dec 24-26                                  Average Visit Length 1.5 to 3 hours
  Average Visit Length 2 hours                                                               Entrance Fees Adult €9.50; Senior/Student €8; Child (5-12) €5;
        Entrance Fees Adult €8; Senior/Student €6; Child €4; Child (U3) Free;                   (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €26.
           (standard) Family (2A+2C) €23                                                                   Rates do not include access to the castle.
          Group Rates For 20+                                                                  Group Rates For 15+, group guided tours available on request.
  Special Opening for In certain circumstances.                                        Special Opening for Yes on request.
             Groups?                                                                              Groups?
  Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 50.                                  Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 15, Max 30.
  Self-Guided Groups Yes in English                                                    Self-Guided Groups Yes. Maps in English, French, German, Spanish and
         Conference/ Meeting/conference rooms, all upstairs (no lift). Lakeview                           Mandarin
           Meetings room seats 16 Classroom style and The Bury room seats 30                  Conference/ No
                     theatre-style. ‘The Courtyard’ in the visitor centre seats                 Meetings
                     200 theatre style. Suited to product launches, seminars and         School/Education Yes
                     diverse entertainment and events. Lunches/parties catered                Programme
                                                                                                    Dining Award-winning Café serving a selection of sweet and
  Performance Venue The Courtyard in the Visitor Centre is suited to musical and                           savoury dishes.
                    other events. Seats 200.
                                                                                                  Shopping Gift shop.
    School/Education Yes. Worksheets available.
                                                                                               Car Parking Pay parking nearby.
                                                                                            Coach Parking Dedicated coach parking close to the entrance.
               Dining Café serving wide range of fresh local foods and snacks.
                      Lunch/dinners available for pre-booked groups. Seats 150.        Special Facilities for Free access to attraction and refreshments.
             Shopping Gift shop selling clothing, jewellery and gifts.
                                                                                          Disability Access All areas accessible except castle.
          Car Parking Free on-site.
                                                                                            Group Booking E: Tel: +353 (0)57 9120336
       Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up at Visitor Centre.
     Disability Access Visitor Centre, café, shop and toilets are accessible.
                       Elsewhere in house and gardens limited access - steps &
                       steep inclines; gravel surfaces in grounds and gardens.
       Group Booking Belvedere Reception, E:
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           BLARNEY CASTLE & GARDENS                                                                            BOYNE VALLEY

Situated 8km/5miles from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its      The Boyne Valley, situated on the east coast of Ireland, is only 30 minutes from
stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.   Dublin. Virtually every important event in Irish history took place in the Boyne
The word ‘Blarney’ was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth       Valley, making it the best place to start your holiday in Ireland. Some of its best-
I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending.          known attractions include the 5,000-year old burial chambers at the Newgrange
The stone is set in the wall below the battlements. To kiss it, one has to lean      and Knowth part of the Brù na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site and the
backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk.                          interpretive centre at the Battle of the Boyne site. Right in the heart of Drogheda
In the grounds of the castle, the Rock Close is a curious place of ancient trees     Heritage town, visit the Gothic Revival St. Peter’s Catholic Church, with the
and far more ancient stones, by legend a garden of druidic origin and a centre of    preserved head of St. Oliver Plunkett. Tour Millmount Museum and the Martello
worship in pre-Christian days.                                                       Tower to experience the wonderful views over Drogheda and it’s medieval St.
                                                                                     Laurence’s Gate. Marvel at the early Christian High Crosses at Monasterboice and
The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch’s
                                                                                     Kells. No visit would be complete without seeing Trim Castle, the best preserved
Kitchen, Druid’s Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past.
                                                                                     and most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It is situated in the
Blarney Castle Estate offers visitors the chance to stroll through one of the
                                                                                     heritage town of Trim where you can also enjoy guided tours and a leisurely walk
country’s most spectacular gardens.
                                                                                     down the River Boyne.
Blarney Castle & House are set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual
trees & plants. There is a fern garden with the atmosphere of a tropical jungle,
a poison garden full of deadly but fascinating plants, an 80metre/262feet long
double herbaceous border and rose pergola, extensive rhododendron beds and
spring bulbs.
              Address Blarney, Cork, T23 Y598                                                      Address Drogheda Tourist Information Point, The Tholsel, West St.
                Email                                                                Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 CF29
                Phone +353 (0)21 438 5252                                                            Email
              Website                                                           Phone +353 (0)46 909 7060
              Sat Nav 51.9292, -8.5686                                                             Website
             Location 9 km from Cork City                                                          Sat Nav 53.7179, -6.3561
                Open Open year round: Daily from 09.00; Closing times vary                        Location A wonderful tour of attractions throughout counties Meath
                     through the season. Please check website for details.                                 and Louth.
  Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours                                                            Open Open year round: Please check website for details.
        Entrance Fees See for admission details.                  Average Visit Length Varies
           (standard)                                                                        Entrance Fees Fees apply to some visitor attractions.
  Special Opening for Yes                                                                       (standard) Please check website for details.
             Groups?                                                                           Group Rates Yes, varies by attraction
  Self-Guided Groups Yes. English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese.       Special Opening for Varies, by attraction.
         Audio Visual 1 hour audio guides in English.                                             Groups?
  Performance Venue Outdoor spaces available for groups to use for performances.       Guided Group Tours Varies by attraction; see
               Dining Café serving Irish foods and snacks. Seats 70.                   Self-Guided Groups Yes, at most attractions
             Shopping 3 gift shops selling Blarney Castle souvenirs.                          Audio Visual Yes, some sites have AV including Newgrange and the Battle
                                                                                                           of the Boyne Visitor Centre.
          Car Parking On-site.
                                                                                              Conference/ Yes. Please see our listing,
       Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off point.
     Disability Access The castle is not accessible, but a large portion of the
                                                                                       Performance Venue See
                       gardens is accessible.
                                                                                         School/Education Yes, at some attractions, see
       Group Booking Noreen Murphy, E:
                                                                                                    Dining Many Boyne Valley attractions have restaurants or tea
                                                                                                           rooms, or there are facilities close by in each town or village.
                                                                                                  Shopping Some attractions have gift shops.
                                                                                               Car Parking Available at most heritage sites.
                                                                                            Coach Parking Available at some some heritage sites.
                                                                                          Disability Access Available in most locations
                                                                                            Group Booking See attractions at or
                                                                                                  Contact E:
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          THE BURREN CENTRE &                                                                      BURREN NATURE SANCTUARY

To begin to discover the secrets of the Burren a visit through the Burren               Welcome to the magic of Burren Nature Sanctuary! Take the free 10 stop audio
Centre is essential. Here the story of the Burren is impressively presented in ‘A       guide. Explore the interpretive trail that showcases the natural features of the
Walk Through Time’ multidimensional exhibition. Subliminal ambient aural                Burren landscape: shattered limestone pavement formed over millions of years;
effects suggest the geological formation of the landscape, its flora and fauna.         the Disappearing Lake that fills every 12 ½ hours; ancient Irish Ash and Hazel
Beautifully displayed artefacts, original works of art, enthralling audio-visual and    woodland and the organic Wild Orchid Meadow. Watch the nature film that
interactive experiences together with dramatic life-like reproductions of human         explains how the unique biodiversity of the Burren evolved and view the native
activity all combine to provide an insight into the rich history and heritage of the    wildflower collection in the Botany Bubble exhibit. Learn how exotic Arctic,
Burren.                                                                                 Alpine and tropical plants flourish side by side in the Burren–Ireland’s Eden!
Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the exhibition entitled ‘The Kilfenora           Meet Frisky the feral goat and other friendly farm animals or book a walk with
Ceili Band Parlour’, which explores the music and history of this renowned band.        a pig through the magical fairy woodland! Enjoy local produce in the on-site
Projections showcasing a musical journey, archival photographs, historical              Burren Food Trail café and browse the crafts in the AVOCA gift shop. Indoor and
artefacts and interactive displays provide a fascinating insight into their musical     outdoor play areas.
journey for over 100 years.
There is enjoyment for all the family at this wonderful attraction. Homely Tea
Rooms await you after your visit where you sample some excellent traditional
cuisine. Crafts are displayed in the creatively designed and spacious craft shop.
Visit the famed Kilfenora Cathedral, adjacent to The Burren Centre, dedicated to
St. Fachnan and built in about 1189 on the site of an early monastery.

              Address Kilfenora, Co. Clare, V95 W523                                                 Address Cloonasee, Kinvara, Co. Galway, H91 PTK7
                Email                                                          Email
                Phone +353 (0)65 708 8030                                                              Phone +353 (0)91 637 444
              Website                                                         Website
              Sat Nav 53.3579, -6.5276                                                               Sat Nav 53.1298, -8.9280
             Location 8 km from Ennistymon                                                          Location Located in the picturesque village of Kinvara, ideally
                Open Open mid-Mar to end of Oct. Mid Mar-May and Sept-Oct:                                   situated en-route from Galway or Dublin to the Burren and
                     Daily 10.00-17.00. Jun-Aug: Daily 09.30-17.30.                                          Cliffs of Moher Geopark. 60 km from Shannon Airport
                     (Tea room open year round)                                                        Open Sept to Apr: Wed-Sun 10.00-17.00.
  Average Visit Length 40 minutes                                                                           Apr to Sept: Daily 10.00-18.00. Jan: Closed
        Entrance Fees Adult €6; Senior/Student €5; Child (6-15) €4;                             Average Visit 90 Minutes.
           (standard) Child (U6) Free; Family (2A+3C) €20                                            Length
          Group Rates For 12+                                                                  Entrance Fees Adult €8; Senior €6; Child (4yrs+) €11
                                                                                                  (standard) Child (U4) €6; Family (2A+3C) €37
  Special Opening for Yes
             Groups?                                                                            Group Rates Yes for 10+
  Self-Guided Groups Yes, see below for languages.                                       Special Opening for No
         Audio Visual AV in French, Dutch, German and English.                                      Groups?
    School/Education Yes. School packs available online.                                      Guided Group Yes, on request pre-booking is required.
         Programme                                                                                    Tours
               Dining Tea Rooms serving a wide variety of home-cooked foods and          Self-Guided Groups Yes
                      snacks. Seats 65. Open year round. 10.00-17.00.                           Audio Visual Burren Nature Sanctuary App available to download, it
             Shopping Craft shop selling local and traditional Irish crafts, crystal,                        provides an audio tour of the Burren Walk at the Nature
                      knitwear and souvenirs.                                                                Sanctuary. The app is free to download on IOS and Android.
                                                                                                             Introduction to the Burren film, 15mins.
          Car Parking Free on-site.
                                                                                                Conference/ Yes
       Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point.
     Disability Access Fully accessible, with accessible toilets.
                                                                                          School/Education Yes, specialised tours available.
       Group Booking Frances Connole, E:                               Programme
                                                                                                      Dining The Sanctuary Café Lunch 12noon to 16.45 serving soups,
                                                                                                             salad, quiche plus a healthy Children’s Menu. Cakes and
                                                                                                             coffee served 10.00 to 17.30
                                                                                                   Shopping Avoca Gift Shop, craft products, pottery, candles, blankets,
                                                                                                            children’s toys
                                                                                                 Car Parking Free on-site.
                                                                                              Coach Parking Free on-site.
                                                                                            Disability Access Partially accessible
                                                                                             Group Booking E:
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    CARRICKMACROSS HERITAGE TOWN                                                                             CHESTER BEATTY

Carrickmacross is a bustling market town with a vibrant history. The Heritage       With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best
Trail (Self-guided or Walking Tour option) takes visitors from the Elizabethan      museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty is a
times, through the Famine years and onto the recent past. The trail takes in        must-see on any Dublin visitor’s itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win
the Market Square which is home to the famous Carrickmacross Lace Gallery           ‘European Museum of the Year,’ the collection includes manuscripts, miniature
where local lace-makers tell the story of how it all began in the 19th century.     paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and decorative arts - all the result of the
At that time is was made by the poor for the rich and famous and the tradition      collecting activities of one man - Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Egyptian
still carries on today with exquisite Carrickmacross lace still being hand worked   papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an, the Bible, and
by these passionate craftspeople. The building also houses a craft gallery, The     European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on
Collective at Market Square, which is located in the adjoining outlet. This is      display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human
an expertly curated selection of locally made artwork, crafts and furniture. A      creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.
short walk away, the Carrickmacross Workhouse was one of 130 Workhouses
built between 1841 and 1843 to house the poor. The story of its inhabitants is
told through a guided tour led by experienced and passionate guides. It is an
evocative and emotional experience.

              Address Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan                                                 Address Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, D02 AD92
                Email or                                           Email
                                                                Phone +353 (0)1 407 0750
                Phone +353 42 9664176                                                             Website
              Website                                                      Sat Nav 53.3420, -6.2674
              Sat Nav 53.9779, -6.7188                                                           Location The Chester Beatty is situated in the gardens of Dublin
             Location On the N2 Primary Route. 85 km from Dublin Airport. 120                             Castle in the heart of the city centre.
                      km from Belfast Airport.                                                       Open Open Year Round. Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat 11.00-17.00;
   Visitor Attractions Attractions include:                                                               Sun 13.00-17.00. Closed Public/Bank Holidays. Closed
                       Carrickmacross Lace Gallery, Collective at Market Square                           Mondays: Nov-Feb. Closed Jan 1, Good Friday & Dec 24-26.
                       and                                                            Average Visit Length 1 hour to 2 hours
                       Carrickmacross Workhouse & Guided Walking Tours
                                                                                            Entrance Fees Free admission
        Guided Tours Guided Tours of Carrickmacross are available free of charge               (standard)
                     every Saturday at 11.00 from Easter Saturday to the October
                                                                                              Group Rates Admission is free.
                     Bank Holiday Weekend. Other times by prebooking.
                                                                                      Special Opening for Yes
  Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours
         Group Rates Carrickmacross Lace Gallery, Collective at Market Square
                                                                                      Guided Group Tours Yes. Must be pre-booked 3 weeks in advance. Max number
                     and Guided Walking Tours all free of charge.
                                                                                                         15 per group, larger groups will be staggered.
                     Carrickmacross Workhouse charges apply email:
            for further                     Self-Guided Groups Yes. Must be pre-booked 3 weeks in advance. Max number
                     information.                                                                        15 per group, larger groups will be staggered.
               Dining There are some excellent local restaurants and coffee shops             Conference/ Various options: The Lecture Theatre accommodates up to
                      in town including the Courthouse Restaurant which has a                   Meetings 100 people, The Board Room up to 12, The Atrium up to 300
                      Michelin Bib Gourmand rating.                                                       and The Roof Garden up to 80.
            Shopping The Market Square has two Craft Units - The                        School/Education Yes, activity packs available for children. Other programmes
                     Carrickmacross Lace Gallery sells Lace and The Collective at            Programme include workshops, creative labs, lunchtime talks and drop-
                     Market Square sells arts, crafts and gifts.                                         in drawing.
          Car Parking Free parking available at Carrickmacross Workhouse.                          Dining Silk Road Café on-site. The café’s menu is based on Middle
                                                                                                          Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Also caters for
       Coach Parking Free coach parking is available outside the Market Square
                                                                                                          conference delegates and all evening receptions.
                     and also at the Workhouse.
                                                                                                 Shopping Handpicked from around the world and from Ireland, the on-
     Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible.
                                                                                                          site gift shop stocks an eclectic mix of art prints and books,
  Tourist Information E: or                                              exhibition catalogues, jewellery, home ware and Irish crafts.
                                                                                              Car Parking Some pay street parking on Ship St, nearest car park is
                                                                                                          Christchurch car park on Werburgh St.
                                                                                           Coach Parking Contact for information.
                                                                                         Disability Access Fully accessible. Wheelchairs also available on-site free of
                                                                                           Group Booking E:
                                                                                                 Contact Book online:
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            CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL                                                                                 CLARE MUSEUM

Located at the heart of Dublin city, Christ Church Cathedral has been a place of          The Riches of Clare exhibition at Clare Museum, located in a beautifully restored
worship for 1,000 years. The history of Christ Church reflects the history, both          former convent built by the Sisters of Mercy in 1861, tells the history of the
religious and political, of Ireland. The Crypt is the largest in Ireland, and dates       county over a period of 6,000 years using authentic artefacts, colourful text
back to the late 11th century. The Cathedral’s own copy of Magna Carta is on              panels and audio-visual presentations.
display there, alongside priceless silverware and the costumes from the hit TV            The exhibition is divided into the themes of Earth, Power, Faith, Water and Energy
show – the Tudors and a mummified cat and rat.                                            and includes a large collection of objects on loan from the National Museum of
Music forms a very important part of cathedral life and the Choir traces its              Ireland - making a visit to Clare Museum an essential introduction to the whole
origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school. The cathedral choir                county.
performed the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742. Visiting           Admission is free with ample car parking and free coach parking beside the
Musicians often perform lunchtime Recitals at 13.15 in the nave.                          museum.
The cathedral’s deployment of 19 bells, ranging in weight from a quarter of a ton
to two and a quarter tons, represents a world record of numbers of bells available
for full-circle ringing.

               Address Christ Church Place, Dublin 8, D08 TF98                                          Address Arthur’s Row, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 EC92
                 Email                                                            Email
                Phone +353 (0)1 677 8099                                                                  Phone +353 (0)65 682 3382
              Website                                                               Website
               Sat Nav 53.3435, -6.2710                                                                 Sat Nav 52.8474, -8.9887
              Location Dublin City Centre.                                                             Location Ennis Town Centre
                 Open Open Mar-Oct: Mon-Sat 09.30-18.00, Sun 12.30-18.00                                  Open Oct-May: Tues-Sat 09.30-13.00, 14.00-17.30;
                      (closed 14.30-16.30). Open to 19.00 Apr-Sep;                                             Jun-Sept: Mon-Sat 09.30-13.00, 14.00-17.30.
                      Nov-Feb Mon-Sat 09.30-17.00, Sun 12.30-15.00.                                            Last admissions at 17.00.
                      Closed Dec 26. Last admission 45 min before closing.                                     Closed bank holiday weekends, Sun & Mon.
  Average Visit Length 40 – 60 minutes                                                                         Opening hours subject to change.
        Entrance Fees Adult €8; Senior/Student €6.50; Child (4-12) €3.50;                   Average Visit Length 40 minutes to 1 hour
           (standard) Child (U4) Free; Family (2A+2C) €20                                         Entrance Fees Free admission
          Group Rates For 10+                                                                        (standard)
  Special Opening for Yes                                                                          Group Rates Admission is free
             Groups?                                                                       Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 1, Max 40.
  Guided Group Tours Yes. 15 +                                                              Self-Guided Groups Yes. Guidebooks are available in Irish, French, German,
  Self-Guided Groups Yes                                                                                       Italian and Polish.
         Audio Visual Built-in screen and projection in Music Room, PA in nave            Incentive Programme Walking tours of the town can be arranged.
                      and Crypt.                                                              School/Education Schools programme in place.
          Conference/ Music Room available on Mondays and Fridays and outside                      Programme
            Meetings of choir terms.                                                                     Dining None on-site. Several restaurants and café within 250
Incentive Programme Corporate dinners, receptions, choral recitals and early /                                  metres.
                    after hours visits.                                                             Car Parking Pay parking nearby.
   Performance Venue Yes. Performing musicians from all over the world are                       Coach Parking Free parking nearby. 14 spaces. Drop off and pick up point.
                     welcomed for lunch-time recitals and evening concerts
                                                                                            Special Facilities for Coach washing area and waste disposal facility. Drivers
               Dining For groups of 25+. Opening times same as visiting hours.                 Coaches/Drivers lounge in adjacent hotel with CCTV and free Wi-Fi.
                      Drinks, Canapés and Dinner can be arranged in Crypt for
                                                                                               Disability Access Fully accessible, with accessible toilets.
                                                                                                 Group Booking John Rattigan, E:
             Shopping Foxy Friars gift shop has a large range of bespoke Christ
                      Church merchandise inspired by the unique architecture of
                      the building.
          Car Parking No on-site parking. Pay parking nearby.
       Coach Parking Coach drop off points located at Dublinia on Winetavern Street,
                     at Jury’s Hotel on Christ Church Place and on Castle Street.
     Disability Access Partially accessible. A ramp can be provided at main welcome
                       desk area for wheelchair users. To access the crypt, guests have
                       to go outside onto John’s Lane, located at back of Cathedral.
       Group Booking E:
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        CLONAKILTY DISTILLERY VISITOR                                                                    CLONES HERITAGE TOWN

Immerse yourself in a unique sensory experience by booking a behind the scenes           This historic town was founded by St Tighernach in the 6th century. You can still
tour of a real working distillery. A must-see for anyone wanting the hands-on            see the round tower which belonged to his monastery and all around Clones you
experience of how to make a great whiskey. Combining world-class visitor                 can discover signs of this ecclesiastical past - the ancient High Cross that stands
facilities, the very best in multi-media presentation and expert guides, visitors        in the Diamond and the 12th century St Peter and Paul’s Abbey - known to locals
will experience first-hand, the smell, sound, feel and taste of a distillery creating    as ‘the wee abbey’.
genuine Irish spirits. Behind the scenes tours look at the detail that goes into the     Cassandra Hand Folk and Famine Centre tells the story of the famine and its
making of the award-winning Clonakilty spirits. You will learn all about the grain       impact on the lives of the people of the area. The Ulster Canal Stores, originally
to glass distillation process.                                                           a distribution centre for goods using the Ulster Canal, is now home to a unique
For those wanting a more hands-on experience the Clonakilty Distillery Gin               museum which tells the story of Clones Lace and how it thrived as a cottage
School is a must try. This is Munster’s first Gin School, where visitors learn the       industry and sustained many local families in hard times. There is also a lovely
Gin making process from expert guides and create their own bespoke bottle of             bistro on-site and it’s set in a peaceful site along the banks of the old Canal.
Gin to take home and enjoy. The on-site gift shop features the full product range        To discover more, visitors can follow the Clones Heritage Trail (Self-guided or
of whiskeys and gin, special discounted offers and distillery exclusive bottlings.       Walking Tour option).

               Address The Waterfront, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, P85 EW82                                  Address Clones, Co. Monaghan
                 Email                                             Email
                Phone +353 (0)23 887 8020                                                                Phone Ulster Canal Stores +353 (0)47 52125
               Website                                                     Website
               Sat Nav 51.6215, -8.8859                                                                Sat Nav 53.9779, -6.7188
              Location Located in the heart of Clonakilty and situated on the                         Location On the N54 route. 20 km from Monaghan Town. 25 km
                       amazing Wild Atlantic Way route, less than an hour away                                 from Cavan Town. 130 km from Dublin Airport. 120 km
                       from Cork City.                                                                         from Belfast International Airport.
                 Open Open year round: Apr–Oct: Mon-Sun 10.30–18.30, Nov–                   Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Ulster Canal Stores, Cassandra Hand
                      Mar Tues-Sun 11.00–18.30. Check website for other dates.                                  Folk & Famine Centre, Round Tower, High Cross & the 12th
                      Closed Dec 24, 25, 26 & Jan 1.                                                            century St. Peter & Paul’s Abbey known locally as ‘The Wee
  Average Visit Length 90 minutes                                                                               Abbey’.
        Entrance Fees Adult €15; Senior/Student €13.50; Child (8-17) €10;                         Guided Tours Guided Tours of the town can be arranged by contacting
           (standard) Gin Masterclass €49; Gin Masterclass with dinner €79                                     Ulster Canal Stores (contact details above).
          Group Rates For 10+. Pre-booking required.                                       Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours
  Special Opening for Yes                                                                          Group Rates Free Admission to Clones Lace Museum in the Ulster Canal
              Groups                                                                                           Stores.
  Guided Group Tours All tours are guided. Min. 10 people. Pre-booking required.         Incentive Programme No
Incentive Programme Yes                                                                    Performance Venue No
   Performance Venue Yes                                                                     School/Education No
    School/Education Yes
         Programme                                                                                      Dining Range of dining options including the Ulster Canal Stores
                                                                                                               Bistro & Coffee Shop or the family-run Creighton Hotel,
               Dining The Whale’s Tail is a family friendly restaurant, serving
                                                                                                               which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed
                      breakfast, brunch, lunch and evening meals. Open 7 days a
                      week, catering for all diets. With a full bar they can cater for
                      group bookings and all special occasions.                                       Shopping There are several shopping options in Clones and the
                                                                                                               surrounds with many opportunities to purchase Clones
             Shopping Yes, on-site gift shop selling a range of Clonakilty Distillery
                      Whiskey, Minke Gin and branded Clonakilty Distillery
                      merchandise.                                                                 Car Parking Free parking available throughout Clones.
          Car Parking Free on-site.                                                             Coach Parking Free Coach Parking throughout Clones.
       Coach Parking Free on-site.                                                            Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible.
  Special Facilities for Yes                                                               Tourist Information E:
     Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible.
       Group Booking E:
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